(Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for anything done with this information, proceed at your own risk.) I like to etch my logo onto plane blades using toner transfer and salt water electrolysis. This technique is commonly used by knife makers to put a makers mark on their blades, and is pretty simple to do. I start by making a logo in a program called Inkscape. This makes a “vector” image that can be scaled to whatever size I want without becoming blurry. I then invert ...
So in the spirit of getting everyone in the shop and cutting up some wood I decided to post up a measured drawing of a 3/4” wooden rabbet plane in the 18th century style. It is all wood with the exception of the blade which is easily gotten from Lie-Nielsen here. It features a conical escapement and some simple embellishments that a hand plane, chisel, and #7 sweep gouge can handle. The plans are basic with a few things that can be easily changed if you like. Such as the bed angle...
Like many of us I have looked at all of those pictures of other people’s roubo workbenches with a jealous eye for quite some time. The ones built with Benchcrafted hardware just seemed to be top notch in quality, and they look like woodworker candy. I’ve had this build on my to-do list since 2011 because I don’t have a woodworking bench with woodworking vises or anything to hold my work down. I’m forced to use my old Unisaw as a bench and the best I can do is use a cla...
In the last shop update, I briefly mentioned a grooving plane that did not work so well. The idea was to have a tool that could quickly make the grooves in the bottom of draw and box stock to accept the drawer/box bottom. The new design really rocks, so much that I made three sizes (widths): 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”. Although these are intended for making the grooves on drawer and box sides, I have been discovering more uses for the flexible design of these planes: Shop Jou...
Here is a post I did recently and now want to show you how to do it through a short video. This is not the same plane shown below but it is all the same procedure I use for smoothing planes: Something I have wanted to post on for a while. Next week I will be using a Stanley #4 at the Springfield New Jersey Show and the Fredericksburg Virginia Show Masterclasses I will be teaching for The Woodworking Shows show. It’s an eBay find for £8 – $12. This plane is and always was an amazing...
This is a collection of handplane related videos. This is intended primarily as a personal reference, but feel free to suggest additions and comment on the content: I own the following videos/DVDs: RECLAIMING FLEA MARKET PLANES VIDEO WITH ERNIE CONOVER – Excellent vide on how to restore old handplanes. Sharpening Woodworking Tools with Leonard Lee – good video on sharpening Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening by David Charlesworth – If your interested ...
For the “Shop Made Tool Swap - 2015: Hand Planes and Spokeshaves”, I decided to make two planes (one to keep, one to swap) including the blades. I started with a 1/8” thick 2.5” wide precision ground flat bar of A2 tool steel that I happened to have on hand. After some requests for more information, I decided to start this tutorial blog for making them. You can buy tool steel pretty cheap from Enco: O1: http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRAR?PMSECT=0000000793A2: ht...
With a nod to Jim Tolpin and the New Traditional Woodworker I am going to attempt to complete all of his skill building projects. I would submit that my bench hooks would qualify as my first project in this theme. These winding stick are a hybrid of Tolpin’s project and the blog entry by Schwarz. The sticks are made from a curly walnut stick and the inlays are poplar. The pics are pretty much self explanatory. No hold fast holes yet but illustrates a benefit of the split top. ...
Last week’s event in Chicago was fantastic. Being a novice, I really learned a lot from the many demonstrations and from getting to play with some fine tools. A couple of highlights for me were being able to try out Chris Schwarz’s ebony infill smoothing plane (by Wayne Anderson) and hearing Jeff Miller discuss the design and production of his beautiful Cantata chair. I was disciplined enough not to buy anything, although when I got home I ordered a large shoulder plane (Veritas, ...
Ever since I saw Mafe's router plane I’ve had the desire to make one. As I do most often I look here on LJs for inspiration. Well, I found it. As I searched I came across this gem of a router plane made by Tinnocker. Tinnocker got his inspiration from Mafe’s design as well. I used a picture of Tinnockers design to come up with my version of a router plane. The body of the plane is hard maple. The handles are from some old chair spindles I had laying around, The plane iron is a ...
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